Passers-by help woman hurt in escalator fall

PASSERS-BY on Sunday afternoon went to the rescue of a woman who fainted suddenly and tumbled to the bottom of an upriding escalator, injuring her head.

The incident happened at about 12.30pm at Boon Keng MRT Station on the North-East Line, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

An eyewitness, who gave his name as Mr Lin, told Wanbao that he was about to use the escalator when the accident occurred.

The 37-year-old chef said the woman, who was one of three people then on the escalator, suddenly lost her balance and fell backwards, rolling to the bottom.

"The woman in front of her had her back to her so she didn't see, and the man behind her had a small build and could not react in time, so when she fell, she tumbled down the escalator," said Mr Lin.

The woman lay motionless on the floor, with her head bleeding and her items scattered all over.

She seemed to have been injured quite badly, he added.

A doctor and a medical assistant from a nearby clinic rushed to the scene to help when they heard of the accident, checking the woman's pulse and bandaging her head injuries.

Mr Lin told Wanbao that two passers-by helped carry the woman away from the foot of the escalator to a safer location and aided in bandaging her wounds.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was notified of the accident at 12.30pm on Sunday.

Its personnel later took the injured woman to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment.

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